(Correction: There is an error in this memo. The NY State Senate version of the bill is S00159, not 158.)
Surrogacy is when a woman agrees to carry a pregnancy she did not conceive. The egg is fertilized outside the body and then implanted into the “surrogate mother” who carries the baby to term and then gives the child to the person or couple who commissioned the pregnancy. This bill would allow payment to the surrogate mother, thus introducing the possibility of “making parenthood a commercial enterprise” as well as exploiting a poorer woman who would carry the baby because she needs the money.
A bill to repeal major portions of Obamacare passed the House of Representative Thursday by a vote of 217-212. Not one single Democrat voted for it. The bill now goes to the Senate for their consideration and will probably face major revisions there.
The bill, The American Health Care Act, contained a provision that would eliminate $390 million of federal spending to Planned Parenthood and redirect those funds to community health centers that offer a wider array of healthcare services — but not abortion.
Also, the American Health Care Act would reinforce the principles of the Hyde Amendment, which has historically prevented tax payer dollars from being used to pay for abortions, thus reversing Obamacare’s “multiple provisions authorizing federal subsidies for abortion, and abortion-expanding regulatory mandates,” according to the National Right to Life Committee.
Rockland’s representative in the House, Nita Lowey, voted against for this bill.
Yesterday, Pres. Donald Trump signed a bill (H.J. Res. 43) that reversed a “last-minute” law from the departing Obama administration which prevented states from denying funds to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers under Title X.
With this new legislation, states will be able to direct taxpayer dollars to comprehensive healthcare clinics that better serve women and do not do abortions.
All three of the legislators who represent Rockland in Congress voted against this bill: Rep. Nita Lowey, and Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.
This was the second prolife victory this week, the first being the swearing in of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court on Monday.
Members of the Rockland prolife community marched under the “Respect Life” banner last Sunday, in the Ancient Order of Hibernian’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in Pearl River. It was a sunny, perfect March-like day, and the spectators supported the group with applause along the entire parade route. Over 20 marchers were in the “Respect Life” contingent this year. See slide show below.
HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY! The annual Rockland AOH St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place in Peal River, on Sunday, March 19. Everyone is invited to march with the Respect Life group.
We are in the 1st Battalion this year, just in front of St. Gregory Barbarigo School. The parade steps off at 1:30 pm, so please come to the Pfizer parking lot on Middletown Rd. by 1 pm. Ask one of the parade officials where the Respect Life group will be lining up.
Hope to see you there!
We are now at Day 8 of the 40 days of peaceful, prayerful witness for life at the Spring Valley “prayer site,” public property along Perlman Drive, outside the Pascack Plaza Mall where the Planned Parenthood office is.
And this is Year 9 of the 40 Days campaign! Nine years — “like a novena,” as Richard Bruno, county prolife leader, said last night at the monthly first-Monday prolife mass at St. Francis’ of Assisi Church in West Nyack.
Will this be the year when Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in America, finally closes its doors in Rockland? Please pray for all those who are suffering because of the abortion industry. Pray for the employees and volunteers at the Spring Valley Planned Parenthood. Please pray for all the women and men who have come to PP, and who will come, that God will guide them to choose life.
If you would like to join the local 40 Days for Life group in peaceful, nonconfrontational prayer to end abortion, please email RachelMinister1@aol.com or call 845-492-6709. Many people are needed to provide a 24/7 presence of prayer for 40 Days.